Holly Springs, NC is a quaint town that is truly that suburb that has it all to be able to call home, but is also not to far from the big city. I paint in Holly Springs as often as I can and I enjoy the area, no matter what season. Holly Springs Cultural Center has been so kind to display my work, and will house it there until the end of the month. There are a lot of things that attracted me to the area, and you can see that through my watercolors of the area. Also, I have hung several of my most favorite paintings for you to view in oil and watercolor from my own collection. All are for sale and all can have prints made of them as well. Whenever you visit the Holly Springs Library, think of just taking a few minutes to peruse my work!
I love painting outdoors and some of my favorite times is Spring and Summer when I can paint anything boats, waterfronts, beach and sand. There is something majestic about ocean life to me and something soothing as well. I have a collection to share of some of my favorite paintings that are watercolors. Let me know if you have a favorite boat, beach house, or commercial building like hotels or boardwalks that you would like painted. I can be commissioned for those year round.
Amanda Baxley of Raleigh has won the first giveaway from Tesh Parekh, Artist
It is funny how the winner of this painting came today to pick up her print ~ the FIRST day of the NC State Fair. She loves the fair, always has and when she saw this painting for the first time at one of my pop-up gallery showings, she instantly fell in love. She was one of the very first people to sign up for my newsletter, and when it came time to pull the name for the first giveaway, when I saw her name in my hand (we did the drawing the old fashioned way), I was so excited. Amanda would ask me about the painting every time she saw me and she was just couldn’t believe it when we called her to tell her she had won. She, like many others, probably thought that never in a million years would she win, but she did. She enjoys getting my newsletter via email, just once a month, that showcases the beautiful work that I get to paint each day. You as well can subscribe for my newsletter HERE and maybe you will win a print when we draw in December. Well, time for me to get back at it ~ I can’t wait to show you what I have been working on for the past two weeks!
Above is the original piece that the print was made from ~ the original is available for sale. Please contact me at email@example.com for more information on the print.
My two drybrush watercolor paintings- “Dry” and “Driftwood” have been accepted into Visual Art Exchange‘s Pulp show. This juried show opens on Friday. Both paintings are large watercolors (full sheet). I have done many watercolors this year, but, no drybrush paintings. It may be time to do one…
I hope you are having a wonderful 2013! November and December were busy months for me last year. I made quite a few paintings. It is time to display those paintings now! Last few days, I have been busy matting and framing my work. I even made several frames myself! Honestly, it took me longer to frame my work than to make those paintings! So much for my woodworking skills…
My current show is at the Cotton Company in Wake Forest. There are several watercolors and oil paintings on the display there, including scenes of Wake Forest. The show runs through February 2, 2013.
I am excited to have my work in Lucky Pie Gallery in Cary (NC)! This is a new gallery in Cary where I currently have my two watercolor paintings for sell. I look forward to displaying more work with this gallery.
I hope to enter my work into more contest this year. I had entered couple of contest in December. Just received an update on one of the contest: my painting “Departed” has been juried into Tipping Paint Gallery‘s Still Life painting contest “Flowers and $#!+”. This is a new fine art gallery located in Raleigh Downtown. The opening reception will be on Feb 1 (6-9:30 PM).
Waverly Artists Group (WAG) is a new art gallery in Cary NC. It is located in Waverly Place. Long long time ago, I used to live closer to Waverly Place. It has been remodeled recently and features many new businesses. Gary Bradley is one of the partners and artist with WAG. I met Gary at the opening of WAG’s Plein Air show. One of my paintings- “Drama” was accepted into this show (the painting also won an honorable mention). Gary is a super nice guy. Couple of months ago he invited me to paint live at the Waverly Place. I did this painting in couple of hours. I wanted to include as much of the location as possible. So, it is a slightly longer at 12″x22″. The place was busy with activity and I enjoyed talking to many people. Later my family joined me as I finished the painting. We had dinner at Enrigo’s. We enjoyed meeting the owner. The good thing about painting on location is the memory it brings back when you look at it! If you are in Cary, be sure to check out WAG.
Please contact me if you would like to purchase this watercolor.
First Friday at Raleigh City Museum. 11×14. Watercolor. Painted live.
Raleigh City Museum is hosting an exhibition of Plein Air paintings. This is a juried exhibit which includes paintings of different parts of the Capital city. My two watercolors are part of this exhibit- “State Capitol, Raleigh” and “Raleigh Downtown”. The “State Capitol, Raleigh” was also earlier juried into 2009 NC State Fair and Halle Cultural Center’s juried exhibit in Apex.
The museum’s curator- Ladye Jane Vickers had requested artists to paint live for the First Friday opening reception. I volunteered to paint but had no idea what I was going to paint! I arrived at the museum around 6 PM. The museum is on Fayetteville Street which was busy. There were many folks out for the First Friday. It was a beautiful evening which I would have loved to paint outside. Inside, I had the opportunity to see and admire works of my fellow artists. One other artist was doing a still life painting demonstration.
I decided to paint the musicians who were providing evening entertainment. I used 11×14 Saunder’s 140 lb Rough Waterford paper. Nowadays I exclusively use Holbein watercolor paints and Escoda brushes. Although I paint on different papers. I have learned this system from Joseph Zbukvic and it works well for the location work. It took me around 90 minutes to finish the painting. Many folks stopped by, and I also met Rick Bennett. Rick is a watercolorist and heads Visual Art Exchange’s Plein Air group.
It is a nice little painting. I am going to frame it and give it to the museum store. I have enjoyed plein air painting for last few days. I did a small painting on the Mother’s Day and a half sheet painting today. I will be posting those on my blog as well.
I accept commissions for live wedding & event paintings and studio work. And I travel!
I will be the featured artist at Cary Gallery of Artists (www.carygalleryofartists.org) in December. I will be exhibiting my Plein Air oil and watercolor paintings. My new work includes “Fall Music”. I saw this young man playing guitar at the boat house of Durant nature park. I first did his pencil sketch and then this watercolor. I have also done new oil paintings. I recently bought a pochade box and have been using it for oils outdoors. It is much lighter to carry than the French easel. My latest oil painting was with the Paint NC group at Prairie Ridge- I did a painting of my fellow artist Winnie Ferguson.
I had people ask me if I teach painting. I currently do not teach. However, if you have any questions on painting, I will be glad to answer those. Also, if you would like to paint with me, please contact me. I paint outdoors frequently, but, do not have a set schedule.
My opening reception at Cary Gallery of Artists will be on November 27 (Friday) 6 PM- 9 PM. The reception is open to everyone. Light refreshments will be provided. Cary Gallery of Artists is located at 200 S. Academy Street (inside Ashworth Village).